A lot of people on Elfwood tend to introduce the most astonishing works of art with "this is a doodle..." - I won't do that (and I won't presume this is all that astonishing either, even though it IS the best I've done this year - seeing how few pieces I've done lately that's not a major achievement anyway) but I will say this started as a doodle. I was playing around in Photoshop, making a background by playing with filters. I then did a quick sketch on top of that of a woman with bright red hair and small wings. I liked the hair & the wings (the rest looked godawful) so I decided to actually try to make something out of it, at which point I did some more filtering of the background, flipped it over to make it wider and then increased the size of the doodle. I then used Daz Studio* to create an image for body reference and pasted that in so I could trace it (yes I do trace when I can :P). I changed some details - added more flesh to her arms and changed the face - but it was an invaluable help for the shadowing. I also looked at a photo of a raven for the wings. And I know the wings are small but that's how I wanted them :) The frame is something I picked up here in Elfwood - lots of people use them and I like the effect so I wanted to try it too. The hair is the original doodle - it doesn't seem to me that it got much worse for being up-scaled. And yes she has a fan off to the left - otherwise her hair would hang down like ordinary mortals' and get entangled in her wings and stuff and then it'd just look a mess. And messy hair's a pain. *Daz Studio is similar to the probably better known Poser, but free.